Saturday, October 29, 2016

Unregistered ultralight: Incident occurred October 28, 2016 near West Middlesex Airport (PA21), Shenango Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Allegheny PFSDO-03


Date: 28-OCT-16
Time: 19:00:00Z
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
State: Pennsylvania

SHENANGO TWP., Mercer Co., Pa. -   There's new information on a small plane crash in Mercer County that occurred Friday afternoon.

The West Middlesex Airport Manager tells 21 News that the pilot was becoming reacquainted with flying after taking about an eight year break and that Friday was the most time he spent in the air since then.

The small, ultralight plane came down about 2:30 p.m. First Responders say the pilot was coming in for a landing in Shenango Township when the wind caught him. He ran into a tree and was found about a half mile from the West Middlesex runway in a patch of briar bushes.

The pilot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Shenango Township's Assistant Fire Chief. The airport manager identifies the pilot as Gary Fobes.

"He decided that he would go around and make a normal landing which he did two times, he made beautiful landings," said West Middlesex Airport Manager Al Walker.

The airport manager says Fobes' third landing of the day did not go as smoothly. He says this isn't Fobes first plane crash. More than 10 years ago, he crashed into some electric wiring while coming in for a landing.


WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. (WKBN) – A single-engine plane went down near the West Middlesex Airport on Friday afternoon.

Investigators at the scene said the pilot was in the process of landing at the airport when he crashed into a wooded area nearby around 2:30 p.m.

It took crews two hours to get to the man following the accident.

“We couldn’t get him out through the airport, so we had to come back in off of Fetsko Road and got in there with quads, got him on the quad and brought him out,” said.

The pilot had injuries but was alert and able to communicate when he was rushed to St. Elizabeth Health Center, investigators said. His name has not yet been released.

Police are not yet revealing any more details of what happened before the crash, though they have talked with the pilot.

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SHENANGO TWP., Mercer Co., Pa. -     A small ultralight plane crashed near the West Middlesex airport Friday afternoon. The one person on board was taken to the hospital.

A first responder told 21 News that the pilot was an older gentleman and he had an issue with the wind.

The plane went down deep in the woods in brier patches about a half mile off of Fetsco Road.

The pilot was taken to the hospital but his condition was unknown.

Shenango Fire Department crews and an ambulance were on scene.

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